As part of our Equipped for Life learning, our term 3 Jubilee University theme was ‘Concern and Care for the Elderly’ Over the course of the week, Canadian Bears took part in activities that explored the school values of compassion and respect.
We looked at the work Age UK do and, as a class, came up with the idea of fundraising for the charity, to show we put others first. We decided we would organise a sponsored run; we will create our own sponsorship forms which will be sent home to family and friends, asking for sponsorship for our run. We will run the ‘Mile a day track’ in school and ask for sponsorship for every lap we complete, 10 laps of the track equal 1 mile. We will have 10 minutes to complete as many laps as we can. The date is yet to be decided, but we are hoping to raise lots of money!
To end our Jubilee University week, we invited our Grandparents or an elderly friend or relative in to school for a morning of activities and biscuits! We planned what we would do during our morning. We decided there would be the following areas:
- The talking table; A table with pre-prepared questions we could ask our guests about their childhood and past experiences
- The craft table; an opportunity to put our guests artistic abilities to the test
- The reading area; a quiet and cosy area to curl up and enjoy a story
- The games table; a table with games such as ‘Operation’ and ‘Guess Who?’
- The treat table; a selection of delicious biscuits, juices and scones with fresh strawberries, jam and clotted cream were available to our guests. It was our responsibility to keep them fed and watered
World Book Day 2019
As a school, we chose to study the book ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward.
The book was introduced to us by the pictures only. Our job was to think about what the title could be, and what the blurb might say, using just the pictures as an indication of the theme.
Here are some examples of our work:
As the day unfolded, we explored the themes and meanings behind the story. We finished the day by creating a whole school display. Each class took a different aspect of the book. We were in charge of the butterflies!
Take a look at the finished display…
As part of our performing arts, Canadian Bears starred in and produced the ’Good News!’ Easter production. The story was set in a newsroom and presented by ‘John Good.’ John brings breaking news to the people of Jerusalem about the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Every child had a key role to play in the production! They were all amazing and did a fantastic job! Super stars in the making!
Science Observatory Trip
On Friday 29th March Canadian Bears visited The Science Observatory at Herstmonceux. This was to co-inside with our science learning for the year, and extend and consolidate the areas we have studied. As part of the day, we took part in a light workshop and a ‘Superheroes of Science’ show. The Science Observatory is a wonderful place to visit which enables children (and adults!) to explore the world around them with a scientific view of how and why things work.
The centre is unique among science centres because of its connection with astronomy: being located within buildings that were part of the former home of The Royal Greenwich Observatory. The aim of the centre is to increase appreciation of science and technology through interactive hands-on exhibitions and activities.
As part of our Equipped for Life learning, our term 3 Jubilee University theme was ‘Healthy Living.’ Over the course of the week, Canadian Bears took part in many activities, exploring how we can lead a healthy lifestyle. On a daily basis, we challeneged ourself to:
- Drink 6-8 glasses
- Eat a healhty breakfast
- Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegentables
- Be active for at least 60 minutes
- Make one positive change
We kept a record of our achievements and tried to improve or beat our previous days’ results.
We also took part in the 15minute bleep test. Most of us could only reach level 2 or 3 on the first day but by the end of the week we were beating our scores! Maxwell made it to level 9! A very impressive achievement!
We also had Warburton’s in to tecah us about food safety and how bread is made. They taught us about Mr and Mrs Warburton and how they created their brand. We got to make yummy sandwiches too!
Heroes and Villians – Term 3 Topic
As part of our Heroes and Villains topic, we have been exploring the concept of an ‘unsung hero.’ We invited Mrs Schofield in to talk to her about her job. We often associate jobs such as a firefighter or a police officer as someone that is a hero, but we believe anyone is a hero in their own right! We all have our own ‘special powers.’ Mrs Schofield is an unsung hero for the amazing work she does with unwell children.
Here are some of our thoughts on other ‘unsung’ heores:
“My Mum because she cares for me”
“I think that a vet is important because they help animals and animals are just as important as people!” – Nolly
“A Teacher because they help us grow our brain which means we can get a good job when we are older” – Mckenzi
“A food shop assistant, because if they didn’t work in the shop to sell us our food we would be hungry” – Ashirya
“A childminder is an unsung hero because they look after you when your Mum or Dad have to go to work” – Scarlett
We also desinged our Superhero and Villian characters!
Whilst learning about Time in maths, we read a book called ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiesner. This is a stunning picture book about frogs!
We created a narrative to match the story and then wrote our own stories called ‘Wednesday’.
Here are a few examples of the extracts written by our class:
For anyone wishing to find out more, take a look at this animated adaption from Paul Mcartney’s collection…
This term Year 3 have been finding out that bugs aren't just things that live in your garden but they can also confuse the coding that a computer needs to work. They have been learning about the different types of bugs that effect computers and solving them through trial and error.
This year, we are very lucky to be receiving flute lessons from Kent Music. At first, we found this very challenging and setting the flute up, was, in itself, a challenge! But we are now able to do this with minimal help and are grasping the technique of playing. We take our flutes home each week to practice what we have learnt. Stay tuned for a future video of us playing!
What a delightful time we’ve had this term! From a Scrumdiddlyumptious topic day to Frankie the Elf causing mischief in our class! It’s been a very busy and enjoyable term.
Willy Wonka’s apprentices
As part of English and DT learning this term, we became Willy Wonka’s apprentices. We had to design our very own, unique, sweet or chocolate bar. The design process required us to think about not only the aesthetics of the product, but also the (potential) side effects, eating it would have! There were so many original ideas and the children were fully engaged.
Here are Jewel’s and Ava’s promotional poster for their creation:
This term we have been looking at abstract art. One of the artists we studied was Jackson Pollock. When looking at his style of work, we understood why his nickname was 'Jack the dripper.' The children were really able to express themselves as they 'flicked' and 'dripped' paint across their paper creating their masterpieces!
During Science this term we have been learning about our bodies. We learnt about the 5 food groups and planned our own meals showing a balanced diet. We also learnt about the difference between vertebrates and invertebrates and we made a human skeleton.
In RE this term we studied Christianity and what the true meaning of Christmas is, both to us and to Christians. We have also been learning about how to share our beliefs and opinions, with respect. We do love a good debate!
Srumdiddlyumptious Immersive Day
To end our fun packed topic of ‘Srumdiddlyumptious’, we held a themed day at the end of term. Both Canadian Bears and American Eagles created delicious delights and treats and invited guests to an afternoon tea party. We spent the morning making sweet and savoury treats, such as cheese and broccoli muffins and rice krispie cakes. We also made our own decorations for the tea party which included place mats and bunting.
We linked one of our activities of the day to our final Big Write piece for the term. Children followed picture instructions on how to make sandwich, followed by using this practical experience to write the set of instructions.
This term has been jam- packed with many activities and events! Canadian Bears have settled into their new classroom and year 3 environment with ease. It has been a pleasure to welcome a new class, including some new members.
As part of our Maths learning this term, we looked at properties of 3D shape. We had fun trying to create 3D modes using straws and blu-tac. It was great fun and we were all engaged with our learning, using mathematical vocabulary such as faces, vertices and edges.
Our topic this term was ‘Mighty Metal’. We immersed ourselves within the story of ‘The Iron Man’, by Ted Hughes. Our learning was cross-curricular, with The Iron Man being a basis for our English, guided reading, film and media, art, DT, topic, home learning and Big Think.
We really enjoyed reading the story, engaging with characters, exploring emotions and inferring how we thought characters may have felt.
One of our home learning tasks was to make a piece of art work out of metal. We all worked very hard and our end products were truly original.
We also compared the book with the film. We noticed and discussed the similarities between the two, and why the book may have been adapted for effect.
Sunset Scene – Art
Mighty Metal – Home learning
Book vs Film – Media comparison
Our PE this term has involved us leaving site and visiting our local leisure centre for weekly swimming sessions. We have all improved our technique already. We are looking forward to returning next year.
This year, we are learning to play the flute. Kent Music School are teaching us on a weekly basis. We all have our own flutes! We are looking forward to recording some of our music for you to listen too.
2017/18 Term 6
This term, French Hares have been the captains of their very own ships, but their crews decided that they were no good and marooned them on a desert island! Luckily, they were left with a pen and paper, so they each wrote a letter and sent it in a bottle, explaining what had happened and asking to be rescued. It took a week before they received a reply and set off on yet another adventure. They wrote fantastic stories about how they escaped from the island. Some made boats from palm trees, and some enlisted help from sea creatures! We are very glad that all of our captains are now safely back in school, waiting for their next adventure.
French Hares have been learning about statistics this term, and can now use a range of methods to display data. They worked in groups to complete a traffic count tally on Gatland Lane, and turned this information into a block diagram. They have also been learning how to compare fractions and solve word problems involving fractions.
Our topic, ‘Land Ahoy!’ has been a lot of fun. French Hares went on a trip to Smugglers Adventure in Hastings, and learnt about the sort of things that were smuggled from ships onto land. They learnt different facts and myths about pirates, and used this to test their parents in their assembly. They performed pirate poems and songs and displayed some beautiful artwork too.